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Family of Covington student sues CNN for $275M to follow another $200-plus million lawsuit

March 13, 2019 - 5:20 pm

The Covington Catholic High School student suing the Washington Post and CNN over their coverage of an incident at the US Capitol is considering many more, his lawyer says.

Appearing on Fox New's "The Story with Martha MacCallum, Todd McMurtry said Nicholas Sandmann's legal team plans "to file a suit every few weeks or month."

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He says they are considering suits against NBC, the Associated Press, HBO and Bill Maher, Kathy Griffin and that lawyers have "at least 10 top targets in the media and individuals."

Sandman representatives have filed a $250M defamation suit against the Washington Post and a $275M suit against CNN.

President Donald Trump cheered the previous lawsuit, tweeting that "Covington student suing WAPO. Go get them Nick. Fake News!" The legal action, and possible future ones, comes at a time of intense scrutiny of Trump's relationship with the press, which he has repeatedly labeled the "enemy of the people."

The actions of Sandmann and his Covington Catholic High School classmates have been intensely debated since video and photographs emerged of them wearing "Make America Great Again" hats and facing off against Omaha Nation elder Nathan Phillips.

Both Sandmann and Nathan Phillips say they were trying to defuse tensions that were rising among three groups on a day Washington hosted both the anti-abortion March for Life, attended by the Covington students, and the Indigenous Peoples March. But video of Sandmann and Phillips standing very close to each other , with Sandmann staring and at times smiling at Phillips as he sang and played a drum, gave some who watched it a different impression.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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